Join your feathered friends at the Puget Sound Bird Fest

Aug 29, 2013
Courtesy of: Bill Anderson Pictures by Edmonds photographers of local birdlife are featured in an exhibit at the Frances Anderson Center. It’s a prelude to the annual Puget Sound Bird Fest, slated Sept. 6-8.

So, it’s true. Edmonds is for the birds.

But that’s a good thing.

Coming Sept. 6-8 is the Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, an annual celebration of the birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.

The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.

The Friday evening keynote address will be provided by conservation biologist and author Dr. Thor Hanson of the award-winning book “Feathers.”

In addition, local Edmonds birdlife is featured in a photography exhibit in the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center at 700 Main St. until Sept. 14.

Photographs are by Edmonds photographers: Terry Olmsted, Bill Anderson, Craig Smith, Ken Pickle and Michael McAuliffe.

Further information including a complete description and schedule of events can be found at the Bird Fest website: www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

Among the numerous activities during the three-day event are tours of local birding areas. Registration for these tours is underway. Tours being offered are:

Puget Sound Birding Cruise, 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Small boats will embark from the Port of Edmonds for a two-hour cruise, courtesy of members of the Edmonds Yacht Club. A birding guide will be present in each boat.

You will explore the near shore waters of Puget Sound to look for resident and winter migrants such as gulls, terns, auklets, murres, murrelets, golden eyes, and mergansers, plus the fish-eating raptors such as the bald eagle and osprey.

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Fish Hatchery, and Pt. Edwards Guided Walk, 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.

The walk, led by an experienced birder, will be a little more than two miles of easy walking with a short hill from the fish hatchery to the Pt. Edwards walkway. A variety of birds will be seen in the different habitats at the marsh, in the woods around the creek, and in the bushes along the walkways.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Richmond Beach, 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Join a docent from the Kruckeberg Botanical Garden Foundation for an early morning walk through this 4-acre garden in nearby Richmond Beach. Learn how the naturalistic design of the garden provides excellent habitat for birds and what you can do to encourage birds to visit your garden.

Register for these Bird Fest tours by calling Edmonds Parks and Recreation at 425-771-0230 or online at www.reczone.org.

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